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Saturday, November 19, 2011
COLLEGE: Cal State L.A. falls short

By Scott French

Cal State L.A.'s bid for the NCAA Division II men's soccer final four came up empty. The Golden Eagles couldn't come back Saturday afternoon in Durango, Colo.

Third-ranked Fort Lewis (22-1-0) advanced to its fifth D2 final four with a 2-0 victory as Kosta Kordistos scored on headers in the 17th and 56th minutes. It was the first loss for Cal State L.A. (15-2-6) since Sept. 25 and ended its 14-game unbeaten streak.

This was the Golden Eagles' first quarterfinal since 1981.

The Skyhawks (21-1-0) will meet Millersville, Pa. (14-6-2) in a Dec. 1 semifinal in Pensacola, Fla. New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce (21-0-1) and Lynn, Fla. (14-4-2) face off in the other semi.

In other men's action:

WOMEN: Azusa Pacific wins NAIA opener

One dominant performance by a local Golden State Athletic Conference team was finally rewarded in the first round of the NAIA women's tournament. Another wasn't.

Second-seeded Azusa Pacific (14-2-2) pulled out a 1-0 victory over visiting Ottawa, Kan. (10-8-3) on Brittany Flanagan's 77th-minute header from Amanda Hardy's cross to advance to the 16-team main phase in Decatur, Ala.

Concordia (13-5-2), from Irvine, outshot Graceland, 30-2, but couldn't find the net and fell, 5-4, on penalties following a scoreless draw.

Rachel Hook (Newbury Park/Newbury Park HS) gave the Eagles life after a miss by the Iowans on the fourth round of the shootout, but Sarahi Casillas converted for Graceland (10-6-4), which advanced when Monica Haynes (Mission Viejo/Mission Viejo HS) missed on the final kick.

Azusa Pacific is paired with Hastings, Neb. (19-2-1) for a second-round game Nov. 28.

The other two GSAC schools won their openers and will meet in the second round. Point Loma Nazarene (19-1-2) routed Science & Arts of Oklahoma, 3-0, as Carleigh Salassi (Hesperia/Granite Hills HS and UC Riverside) and Codi Cameron (Murrieta/Vista Murrieta HS) scored goals; Westmont (13-6-0) edged Cal State San Marcos, 1-0, on Kaci Mexico's overtime header.


Azusa Pacific 4 (Bulut 43, Grigg 52, Young 60, Bishop 81), Cal State San Marcos 1 (Rice 32)
Cal Baptist 2 (Fausto 42, Hope 83), The Master's 0
Calvin (Mich.) 3 (Vegter 35, Heethuis 86, Bushhouse 102), Texas-Tyler 2 (Shipman 40, Powell 63), OT
Fort Lewis (Colo.) 2 (Kordistos 17, 56), Cal State L.A. 0
Hannibal-La Grange (Mo.) 1 (Beltrol 12), Biola 1 (Chew 8), OT (Hannibal-La Grange advances on penalties, 4-2)

Azusa Pacific 1 (Flanagan 77), Ottawa (Kan.) 0
Cal State San Marcos 0, Westmont 1 (Mexico 108), OT
Concordia 0, Graceland (Iowa) 0, OT (Graceland advances on penalties, 5-4)
Point Loma Nazarene 3 (Wessels 8, Salassi 37, Cameron 89), Science & Arts of Oklahoma 0

Home teams listed first